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"Mr. McKinley's bill in the last Congress went a long way toward solving the challenges with coal ash management," Upton said. "The legislation recognized that states like Michigan were already running successful disposal programs, and it allowed states to continue to use their localized regulatory expertise."
With President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night, a local congressman felt it was a perfect opportunity to give a member of his constituency a chance to view this firsthand.
Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., said in an emailed statement that he expects Obama to use tonight's speech to try to convince people his policies are working by pointing to recent economic recovery. "However, we know that even if Wall Street is booming, there are millions of Americans who are still struggling to get by," he said.
"Any worker who enters his or her workplace should feel safe every day," said McKinley. "However, that's not the case with federal corrections workers who often have no line of defense during conflicts inside prison walls."
"Job creators detest uncertainty. This regulation is unacceptable because it provides no assurances to the business community and perpetuates uncertainty," McKinley said.
"West Virginia is blessed with an abundance of natural gas, but in order to fully benefit, there needs to be infrastructure in place," said McKinley.